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Official says Antil tested by WADA

Associated Press
Jun 21, 2007 at 08:02am IST

Doha: Discus thrower Seema Antil failed a doping test conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency during a team training camp in the leadup to the Asian Games, a high-ranking Indian official confirmed on Monday.

Antil, 23, the Commonwealth Games silver medalist, failed a test in Muscat, Oman, and was sent home last week, the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said.

He did not confirm the substance involved or where the sample was sent for validating, but did add that no other Indian athletes had failed tests in Oman.

BRINGING SHAME: Seema had tested positive for a banned drug in 2000 too.

Antil, who was stripped of her 2000 junior world championships title after testing positive to a banned stimulant, was part of a group of athletes sent to Oman in the middle of last month to prepare for the AsianGames.

She was sent home after four days.

Lalit Bhanot, Athletics Federation of India secretary, earlier told local media that Antil had returned to India because her father was sick.

If Antil's case is confirmed, it will be the latest in a string of doping offenses that have plagued Indian sport.

India was suspended from international weightlifting competitions, for the second time in less than two years, after four of its weightlifters failed doping tests during and just ahead of the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in March.

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